Unranked Gelita Castilo used her experience and skills to outplay young top seed Airah Albo, 21-15, 21-15, in women’s Open singles while No. 2 Kevin Cudiamat regained his form in time to foil Frell Gabuelo, 15-21, 21-11, 21-17, in men’s play as the Allied Victor bets stormed into quarterfinal round of the P1.5 million Bingo Bonanza National Open badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Center on Friday.
Castilo, a veteran campaigner of many National Opens who eased out Sam Ramos in the first round of the 32-player draw, kept Albo, the top Smash Pilipinas bet, on the defensive with her superb all-around game to fashion out the straight set win and a Last 8 clash with Alyssa Geverjuan, who routed Ann Masongsong, 21-13, 21-12.
Second seed Sarah Barredo, also of Smash Pilipinas, dominated Samantha Santos, 21-11, 21-16, but will face unseeded but highly fancied Malvinne Alcala of a spot in the semis of the four-day championship sponsored by Bingo Bonanza and organized by EventKing Corp.
Alcala followed up her 21-9, 21-7 romp over Dia Magno Thursday with a 21-17, 21-12 victory over Mika Aquino but expects a tougher challenge from Barredo in one of the top quarterfinal duels slated late afternoon yesterday.
Meanwhile, the semifinals in both the women’s and men’s Open will be played today (Saturday) starting at 9 a.m. with Philippine Badminton Association Secretary General Rep. Albee Benitez and Bingo Bonanza’s Al Alonte gracing the formal opening rites at 11 a.m.
Third seed Pauline Tan, also of Allied Victor, rebounded from a second set defeat to foil Patrisha Malibiran in a thrilling three-setter, 21-19, 19-21, 21-16, to set up a quarters clash with Team Prima’s Annelyn Alba, who ousted Janel Dihiansan, 21-18, 21-16.
No. 4 Monica Rivera, also of Smash Pilipinas, swept Nicole Nieto, 21-4, 21-8, to seal a quarters showdown with Allied’s Mary Ann Maranon, who defeated Christine Garin, 21-9, 21-12, in the top ranking event sanctioned by the PBA headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and sec-gen Rep. Albee Benitez.
Cudiamat, meanwhile, faces No. 5 R-Jay Ormilla in the quarters with the latter beating JC Clarito, 21-13, 21-12, while Alcala’s younger brother Mark Alcala coasted to a 21-13, 21-4 victory over Jon Masongsong in the upper half of the men’s draw.
Other quarterfinalists were Clarence Filart and Carlo Remo of Ateneo, No. 6 Kenneth Monterubio and seventh ranked Kevin Dalisay of Allied and Smash Pilipinas’ Jayson Oba-ob. Filart downed Carl Clemente, 21-12, 21-18; Remo whipped Vince Lagnada, 21-12, 21-12; Monterubio crushed John Yabut, 21-14, 21-8; Dalisay whipped Adrian Ramos, 21-11, 21-12; and Oba-ob smothered Gerald Sibayan, 21-17, 21-8.